Leah M.

Phone: 860-490-3906 Email: dufordl1@tcnj.edu
Online Teaching Portfolio: leahdufordteach@weebly.com

The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education, Second Major in Psychology May 2017
Magna Cum Laude; Cumulative GPA: 3.84/4.0

C.E.A.S., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, State of New Jersey Anticipated Summer 2017
Successfully passed Praxis II Exam- Early Childhood Education: Content Knowledge July 2016
Successfully passed Praxis II Exam- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge July 2016
Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Certification May 2016

 Nominated by the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education March 2017
for the 2017 New Jersey Distinguished Clinical Intern Award
 The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi March 2017
 Golden Key International Honor Society November 2016-Present
 Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology November 2016-Present
 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society May 2015-Present
 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education November 2014-Present
 The College of New Jersey Honors Program August 2013-Present
 Harold W. Eickhoff Outstanding First-Year Student Award May 2014

Student Teaching II Experience, Kisthardt Elementary School, Hamilton, NJ January 2017-May 2017
 Fostered a welcoming, comfortable, and trusting relationship with each of my 19 second-grade students
 Employed a variety of classroom management techniques with an emphasis on student responsibility
 Strategized multiple methods of differentiation for each content area to scaffold learning of all students
 Created engaging lessons and unit plans that were aligned to the Common Core State Standards
 Evaluated formative and summative assessments to create flexible groups for guided math and guided reading
 Developed a family engagement project which incorporated literacy, art, and mindfulness
 Implemented brain breaks using a program called “Fluency and Fitness©” to integrate curriculum content and exercise
 Attended parent-teacher conferences and contributed information at the second-grade data meeting regarding SGOs
Student Teaching I Experience, Hopewell Elementary School, Hopewell, NJ February-April 2016
 Created a comprehensive and authentic second-grade unit study of three Native American tribes for 21 students
 Developed lessons for and facilitated a fluency-specific guided reading group of three students using three different texts
 Designed and taught a science lesson on Refraction utilizing the inquiry-based approach and integrated literacy
 Provided assistance and support to five advanced math students during their Everyday Mathematics independent work time
 Connected weekly read-alouds to curriculum concepts and character development
Practicum Student, Cranbury Presbyterian Nursery School, Cranbury, NJ September-December 2015
 Observed, supported, and participated in morning play with 10 two-year-old preschool students
Practicum Student, Greenbrook Elementary School, Kendall Park, NJ September-November 2015
 Taught fourth-grade mathematics and science lessons with a focus on differentiation and constructivist teaching strategies
Practicum Student, Town Center Elementary School, Plainsboro Township, NJ February-May 2015
 Collected anecdotal records tracking a kindergarten student’s academic, physical, and socio-emotional development and
analyzed the student’s progress throughout the semester
Part-Time Teaching Assistant, The Learning Center, Lawrenceville, NJ August 2016-December 2016
 Facilitated and monitored afternoon indoor and outdoor play for Pre-K students
 Utilized the app, “Tadpoles,” to record the students’ daily activities, incident reports, behavior, and check-out
Little Lambs Part-Time Teacher, Little Lambs and Ivy Child Care Center, Simsbury, CT Summer 2016
 Organized indoor and outdoor play focusing on fine and gross motor skill development for Pre-K students
Junior Explorers Camp Counselor, Simsbury Parks and Recreation, Simsbury, CT Summer 2014-Summer 2016
 Facilitated outdoor games and art projects for four- to six-year-olds related to various themes
Preschool Classroom Assistant, Ewing Catholic Youth Organization, Ewing, NJ October 2013-May 2016
 Read stories, taught literacy lessons, and participated in stimulating activities with the students during center time

Playground Explorers Camp Director, Simsbury Parks and Recreation, Simsbury, CT Anticipated Summer 2017
 Will work with the camp supervisor to plan a comprehensive and diverse camp program for six- to twelve-year-olds
 Will communicate and collaborate with my staff regularly to evaluate the effectiveness of the program
 Will actively supervise and participate in camp activities with the children and other staff members
College Ambassador, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ February 2014-May 2017
 Led campus tours to prospective students and families
 Guided and mentored incoming freshmen students as a Welcome Week Orientation Leader
 Served on the Selection Committee to select new Ambassadors who possess professional and personable qualities
 Served as an Overnight Hosting Coordinator by organizing screening sessions and interviewing potential hosts
Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority Inc., The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ September 2014-February 2016
 Planned and executed a successful Family Picnic and Mother/Daughter Luncheon as the Family Committee Chair
 Worked with the Alumni Committee Chair to create an Alumni and Family Newsletter
Honors Program Mentor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ September 2014-December 2014
 Attended the Honors Program excursion with freshmen students and led team-building activities
 Assisted freshmen students with class registration at the Honors Advising Meeting

 Hamilton Township School District Professional Development Day
 Mindfulness in Education and Counseling Conference
 ECET2 (Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching) Conference
 Bridging the Gap Between Schools and Families Conference
 Project Learning Tree K-8 Workshop
 Trauma Informed: From Roots to Results Workshop
 Sexual and Gender Identities Every Educator Should Know: A Workshop on LGBTQ Issues in the Classroom
 Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
o Classroom Management: New Perspectives Conference
o Conference for Aspiring Teachers
o The Special Education Conference
o The Literacy Across the Curriculum Conference
 New Jersey Education Association
o Educational Leadership Matters 2017 Conference
o Assessments—the PSI-PMI Way Workshop
o Developing Cultural Competence in Schools Workshop
o Learning in Two Languages Workshop
o Integrated Preschool: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward Workshop
o Educational Leadership Matters 2014 Conference
o The Bystander Bully: Empowering Students to Become Upstanders Workshop